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Sexual and Reproductive Health

Time to Put Women and Young People at Centre of Humanitarian Action

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

By protecting the right to sexual and reproductive health, we will better ensure accountability to affected populations, address the special needs of women and adolescent girls, and contribute to their empowerment and participation in decision-making.

How U.S. Policy Continues to Threaten Women's Reproductive Rights Globally

Françoise Girard | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Françoise Girard

This week, government officials, advocates, policymakers, corporate leaders, journalists, and others are in Copenhagen for Women Deliver, a major international conference focused on the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.

Breaking Down Barriers in Sexual and Reproductive Health Reporting in Africa

Andy Bryant | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

This is a guest post by Humphrey Nabimanya, founder of Reach a Hand Uganda. Journalists and bloggers in a group exercise on how to craft a catchy h...

Gender Equality and Equity in Health Will Anchor Drive Towards Sustainable National Development

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

That advocacy drive by the Government of Kenya and UNFPA has culminated in an innovative project that is now being implemented in six of the forty seven counties with the highest maternal and child deaths.

When the Menstrual Cycle Becomes a Question of Human Rights

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

The beneficial link between female education and lifetime health has never been in doubt; a better-educated girl takes better control of her life. She has healthier and fewer children.

Why "Abstinence" Was an Easy Sell

Betsy Cairo | Posted 12.11.2015 | Education
Betsy Cairo

It is so easy to talk about abstinence. Lots of people could get behind it. Teachers really didn't need to know anything about reproductive health. They just had to know how to teach kids to say "no" to sex. One of the easiest ways to do this was through shame.

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

On Taking Time to Be a Father

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.21.2016 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

By promoting gender equality and human rights within our own families and communities, we, fathers of the world, can create the future we want, a future where individuals believe in themselves and in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. It is simple and powerful. Take time to be a father.

A Manifesto for Women as Agents of Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Men and women who have not had opportunities to question gender roles, beliefs and cultural/religion roots, cannot change them. Women who are not aware of their rights cannot claim them.

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It's More of the Same From the Vatican

Françoise Girard | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Françoise Girard

Pope Francis's championing of anti-poverty measures is encouraging and much needed. Yet it is hard to see how without improving access to family planning and reproductive health services, women can realize their aspirations for a better life.

The Gift That Keeps Giving and Benefits Us All

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Investing in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Providing women with education, access to health care and opportunities for employment, comes back tenfold as they tend to invest a higher share of their earnings back into their communities.

In Southern Malawi, Reaping The Benefits Of Investing In Adolescent Girls

UN Women | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Mercy's parents are farmers who struggle to make ends meet. The eldest of six siblings, Mercy often went to bed hungry because the youngest had to eat first. She began the relationship hoping to ease the financial strains on her family. But instead, Mercy became pregnant.

Endometriosis Is a Social Justice Issue

Jhumka Gupta | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Jhumka Gupta

No young woman should have to worry about missing school or missing out on life because she is suffering silently from endometriosis.

Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There is no time for complacency when 800 women and girls continue to die each day of pregnancy and childbirth complications, and more than 220 million women who want to plan their births continue to lack modern contraception.

2015, A Crucial Year

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

I was born in the early '90s, therefore I have little knowledge of what happened in the '80s about the massive spread of HIV/AIDS and the causes, preconceptions, concerns about the soaring death rates and news coverage about the disease.

Wish List for Our Children: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Love Who You Are

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

We make sure you eat your vegetables and cross our fingers that you will sleep through the night. We encourage you to say "please" and share your toys. These are important lessons, but you will soon learn that our hopes for you are much bigger than the day to day tasks that take up so much of our times as parents.

Two Simple Words: I Decide

Alexander Sanger | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

At least 200 million women want to avoid pregnancy yet lack access to modern contraception. What would it take to shrink this number to zero? A mere $8.1 billion -- or about 1 percent of what Americans spent during the 2013 holidays.

United Nations Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Promote Gender Equality

Alexander Sanger | Posted 05.25.2014 | Women
Alexander Sanger

After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender equality and the human rights of women in order to achieve sustainable development.

A Door Opens for Women's Right to Sexual Pleasure, Let's Hope the FDA Doesn't Close It

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Serra Sippel

The global community's response to sexual dysfunction should be equal for women and men, but it is not. This year marks 16 years since the introduction of Viagra. Today, the market includes more than 20 drugs to address male sexual dysfunction -- and not a single one for women.

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

Will 'Safe From the Start' Bring Needed Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Crisis?

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

This week at the U.N. General Assembly, amid critical talks about peace and security in Syria and across the Middle East, another narrative is taking its rightful place in New York -- the health and human rights of women and girls globally.

Family Planning 101: Delaying Marriage and Motherhood in India's Heartland

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Uttar Pradesh, India - Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to lea...

'Nothing About Us Without Us!': Bringing the Voices of Women Living With HIV to Global Conversation on Women's Health

Sonal Mehta | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Sonal Mehta

As thousands of delegates gather in Kuala Lumpur for the third global Women Deliver conference this week to discuss the health and empowerment of women and girls around the world, it's worth remembering that for women in their reproductive years, AIDS remains a leading cause of death.

Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

To effectively encourage teens to make the right decisions about sex, their relationships, and their health, we need to expand our strategies to include more teen-to-teen education.

I'm Watching

Julianne Moore | Posted 04.04.2012 | Women
Julianne Moore

This year, in this election, I am committing to watching even more vigilantly. I truly can't imagine a more important election for us to make our voices heard.